Skyline Drive


Approximately 105 miles long, Skyline Drive is an engineering achievement that provides access to some of Virginia's best scenery. Local farmers, who were paid from drought relief funds, were put to work for construction. The Civilian Conservation Corps pitched in to build rock walls, picnic areas, and scenic overlooks. The highway was completed on August 29, 1939. An unusual feature of the drive is the 610-foot tunnel through the solid granodiorite of Marys Rock, not far from Thornton Gap. The highest point on the road is at the north entrance to Skyland, where the elevation is 3,680 feet.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Construction of Skyline Drive began in 1931, spurred on by President Herbert Hoover, an engineer by training. It is said that he was riding his horse along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains one day, when he said to a companion, "These mountains are made for a road, and everybody ought to have a chance to get the views from here.
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